Date: 6/20/17 7:34 am
From: Joe Coleman via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] FW: DC Area, 6/20/2017
FYI Joe Coleman

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Subject: DC Area, 6/20/2017

Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 6/20/2017
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions:
Compiler: Joe Coleman
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist
Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, Jun 13 and was
completed on Tuesday, Jun 20 at 8:45 a.m.

Information on noteworthy birds is presented below in taxonomic order, as
set forth in the American Ornithologists' Union Checklist for North and
Middle American birds, as revised through the 57th Supplement (July 2016).

The top birds this week were LITTLE EGRET in DE, WHITE-FACED IBIS in DE and

Other birds of interest this week included waterfowl, KING RAIL, COMMON
sparrows including SWAMP, DICKCISSEL and BOBOLINK.


A LITTLE EGRET found at Raymond Pool, Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on Jun 8
was most recently reported from there Jun 17.

A WHITE-FACED IBIS found Jun 13 along Green Dumpster Rd in the Deal Island
State WMA, Somerset Co, MD continued to be seen this week with the most
recent report from Jun 19. The one at Bombay Hook NWR was also still present
through Jun 19.

A FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER* was found and photographed Jun 15 at Back Bay NWR,
Virginia Beach, VA and has been seen every day this week since then. It has
been seen on the wires along the refuge entrance road near the Visitor
Center, but has also been seen from the Boardwalk Trail and in the sand
dunes between the entrance road and the ocean.


The SNOW GOOSE at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, De continued to be seen
throughout the week. A SNOW GOOSE was also seen Jun 16 at Cranberry
Reservoir, Carroll Co, MD.

Scoters continued to be seen in the area this past week. The SURF SCOTERS at
Big Water Farm (private), Queen Anne's Co, MD, continued throughout the week
with eleven there Jun 16. Twenty-one WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were reported from
the Tom's Cove Visitor Center, Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on Jun 19.
There were BLACK SCOTERS at the Ocean City (MD) Inlet on Jun 14 and both a
BLACK SCOTER and LONG-TAILED DUCK at Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD on Jun 14.
A single RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was at Big Water Farm (private) on Jun 19.

A KING RAIL was observed at Piscataway Park, Prince George's Co, MD, on Jun

The COMMON GALLINULE at Dyke Marsh, Fairfax Co, VA was seen again as
recently as Jun 17. Two COMMON GALLINULES were seen Jun 15 at Hart-Miller
Island, Baltimore, MD. An AMERICAN COOT was at McCune's in the Fishersville
area of Augusta Co, VA on Jun 15. Two AMERICAN COOTS were at Craney Island
Disposal Area (restricted access), Portsmouth, VA on Jun 15.

Seven BLACK-NECKED STILTS were seen Jun 14 at Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD;
seven were also at hart-Miller Island, Baltimore, MD on Jun 15.

The shorebirds at Craney Island on Jun 15 included a RED KNOT and a DUNLIN.

The LITTLE GULL continued to be seen at Raymond Pool, Bombay Hook NWR, Kent
Co, DE this past week.

A LEAST TERN was found Jun 15 at a private fishing lake near Mint Springs,
Augusta Co, VA. A LEAST TERN was seen from Hains Point, SW DC on Jun 18. A
GULL-BILLED TERN was reported from Fort Story, Virginia Beach, VA on Jun 14
and two were seen Jun 18 in the North Bay at Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach,
VA. Two GULL-BILLED TERNS were seen Jun 17 at Shearness Pool, Bombay Hook

Four BLACK SKIMMERS were seen Jun 16 at the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry, James
City Co, VA.

A trip on a fishing charter in Worcester, MD pelagic waters on Jun 13 found
SHEARWATERS near Poor Man's Canyon. On Jun 17 two CORY'S SHEARWATERS and 5
GREAT SHEARWATERS were seen in the Atlantic off of Assateague Island
National Seashore, Worcester Co, MD. GREAT SHEARWATERS were also reported
off of Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on Jun 17, 18, and 19.

A LEAST BITTERN was at Dyke Marsh, Fairfax Co, VA on Jun 14.

A MISSISSIPPI KITE was seen on Jun 14 along Rte 730 less than a mile west of
Steel Bridge Rd, Greensville Co, VA and one flew high over Huntsman Lake,
Springfield, Fairfax Co, VA on Jun 19.

A NORTHERN HARRIER was seen Jun 18 at Oaks Landfill (private), Montgomery
Co, MD.

An ALDER FLYCATCHER was at the power line cut on the Norris Run Trail,
Liberty Reservoir, Baltimore Co, MD on Jun 15.

A continuing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE at Burwells Bay Rd at Purvis Ln, Isle of
Wight Co, VA was seen again on Jun 17.

A SWAMP SPARROW was seen and heard on Jun 14 at the upper pond near Fairfax
County's Government Center, Fairfax, VA. A few WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS
continued to linger at feeders in the area.

DICKCISSELS and BOBOLINKS continued to be seen at a number of locations this
past week.


This week's report was based on reports on the DE, MD, VA, and WV list
servers, eBird records and various birding pages on Facebook.

The Audubon Sanctuary Shop (301-652-3606, is an
excellent source for guidebooks and many other nature-related titles.

To report bird sightings, e-mail your report to <voice...>
Please post reports before midnight Monday, identify the county as well as
the state, and include your name and a Tuesday morning contact, e-mail or

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

*Of interest to the Records Committee

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